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Here's a development on the Smashing Pumpkins reunion drama: Frontman Billy Corgan doesn't want to talk about ex-bassist D'arcy Wretzky.
“There’s a time and a place for everything, and this just isn’t the time,” Corgan told friend and Chicago DJ Mancow during an interview transcribed by Alternative Nation.
Mancow began the question by saying that he knew how excited Corgan was to reconnect with James Iha and Wretzky. “I know you put on a brave face. You’re the leader of the band, and the leader can’t always show emotion, but from a friendship point of view, are you sad about what happened?” the DJ asked.
Instead of adding more fuel to the fire, Corgan responded, “Honestly, I don’t really want to talk about it.”
Mancow continued, saying he understood, but had to ask.
“Yeah, it’s not a problem,” Corgan said. “I think the difficulty is the world works in a particular way these days; it’s very much like professional wrestling.”
Does this mean the Smashing Pumpkins reunion drama is over? If you haven't been following it, here's what happened:
Last month, Corgan seemingly confirmed the news that the band are recording a reunion album, explaining that he's in the studio with Rick Rubin. Earlier this week, Corgan took to Instagram to say that the band will be refining the lyrics for eight new SP songs. The band also announced their “Shiny And Oh So Bright” tour last week, their first tour in nearly 20 years, featuring founding members Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and Iha. However, former bassist Wretzky will not be part of the tour or the record, with a never-ending back-and-forth between the band and Wretzky happening over the past couple months.
Check out the full list of cities and dates for the “Shiny And Oh So Bright” tour below.
07/12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
07/14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
07/16 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
07/17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
07/18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
07/20 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
07/21 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
07/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Aerna
07/24 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
07/25 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
07/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
07/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
07/29 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
07/31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
08/01 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
08/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
08/05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
08/07 – Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
08/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/11 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
08/13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
08/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
08/19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
08/20 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
08/21 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
08/24 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
08/25 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
08/27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
08/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
08/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
09/01 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
09/02 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
09/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
09/05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
09/07 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center